May 18, 2015



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MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, May 14, 2015:  Andrew Zezas, Publisher of CFO Studio magazine and Host of CFO Studio, announced today that 38 CFOs were selected as CFO Innovation Awards Finalists at the CFO Innovation Conference and Awards.  CFO Studio and Real Estate Strategies Corporation, hosted the inaugural CFO Innovation Conference and Awards.

The CFO Innovation Conference and Awards, an all-day event of panel discussions and presentations, was held at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey. 400 CFOs and other C-Level Executives attended.  The Conference included 17 presentations and panel discussions led by business thinkers and experts from 51 companies. Topics included sports, risk, fraud, biotech, legal spend, healthcare, emotional intelligence, finance, careers, technology, cloud, and more. Early stage companies pitched investors at the Piranha Tank, followed by the CFO Innovation Awards ceremony with dinner on the 50 Yard Line, and an After-Party with music by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
Award recipients included:


David Wyshner, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Avis Budget Group –  CFO Innovation Award


Anna DeJesus, Chief Financial Officer, Family & Children’s Service of Monmouth County – CFO Leadership Award


Fran Shammo, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Verizon Communications, Inc. – CFO Mastery Award


Alison Cornell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Covance, Inc. – CFO Success Award: Operations


James Lusk, Chief Financial Officer, ABM Industries, Inc. – CFO Success Award: Technology


James Emmerson, Chief Financial Officer, Huntington Learning Center – CFO Success Award: Strategy


Brian Giambagno, Chief Financial Officer, The Action Environmental Group – CFO Success Award: Capital


John Roberts, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions – CFO Success Award: Finance Department


Ralf Hermkens, Chief Financial Officer, Festo Didactic, Inc. – CFO as COO Award


Brian Zietsman, President and Chief Financial Officer, Enteris BioPharma – CFO to CEO Evolution Award


Gregg Kam, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Sonneborn, LLC – CFO Industry Transformation Award




Visit to view a list of Award Winners.


Promotional partners and presenting companies at the CFO Innovation Conference and Awards included the New York Jets, WithumSmith+Brown, Yorktel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Oracle, O’Connor Davies, Russell Investments, YesCFO, Theorem, Trendline, Nicoll Davis & Spinella, Innophos, Alliance Cost Containment, BDO, Reed Smith, Agfa, Robert Half, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Alliance Group, Sharp Electronics, Berkshire Hathaway, The Medicines Company, Covance a LabCorp company, Enteris BioPharma, I.D. Systems, Alliance Cost Containment, Manufacturing Talk Radio, C12, BioNJ, Arrow Fastener, Easter Seals, Community FoodBank of NJ, Godiva, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Tumi, Lenox, NJMEP, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, Barclays Center, Tim Gearty, Prudential, Strategy&, Jarmel-Kizel, and Real Estate Strategies Corporation.



About CFO Studio 

CFO Studio deploys the best of new and traditional media to promote finance executives as business and strategy thought-leaders. CFO Studio has published cover stories on features on CFOs from Agfa, Avis Budget, Vonage, Horizon Blue Cross, Hewlett-Packard Financial Services, Mercedes-Benz, Dun & Bradstreet, PSE&G, New York Jets, Quest Diagnostics, Godiva, Verizon, Subaru, Nat Sherman, Tumi, Panasonic, Atlantic Health, Lenox, Dassault Falcon Jet, INTTRA, Daiichi Sankyo, Cache, and other fine companies. Andrew Zezas is the host of CFO Studio and the Publisher of CFO Studio magazine. Visit to watch interviews with New Jersey area CFOs, to read CFO Studio magazine articles, or for subscriptions and advertising opportunities.

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